Ian Scott: Gators always on his mind

Published: Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 4:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 4:01 p.m.

Last week I had a chance to catch up with former Gator and Gainesville High School standout defensive tackle Ian Scott, who will be playing for the Chargers in the AFC Division playoffs this Sunday against the New York Jets.

Much of what he said was in a feature you'll find at Gatorsports.com, but here are a few leftover items that didn't make the story.

Q: What did you think when you heard the news about Urban Meyer around Christmas?

A: "The news about Coach Meyer was a shock. It reminded me of when (Steve) Spurrier left because I found that out on a SportsCenter breaking-news reel also. Then hearing the reasoning was scary. To think that coaching can be that difficult on yourself and your family is not a pleasant thought. I wish them all the best. Him being a healthy person is by far more important than football."

Q: Both you and (former Gator linebacker) Brandon Siler have made some big plays for the Chargers this year. Could you talk about his role with the team? Do you guys ever talk up the Gators with other Charger players?

A: "Brandon's been great stepping in and filling a spot when guys went down. He kept himself ready and took full advantage of his chance to play, which is what this league is all about. Obviously, the Gators are always on our minds, and Brandon is probably the most vocal guy about them other than Alex Brown probably."

Q: What is your biggest concern about the Jets' offense?

A: "The thing about the Jets is that they are a good team playing with a lot of confidence right now. When you face a team like that, especially after some time off, you must match and exceed their intensity from the start."

Q: How often do you get back to UF? GHS?

A: "Getting back to UF is difficult because there's nowhere for me to park at all. I'd love to go more often when I'm home but I can't afford to pay a ticket every time I go over there. GHS is difficult as well because there's starting to be so many new faces over there. I always try and get back to see my old teachers. I think I see Mrs. Corbett, Mr. Kanipe, Mr. Palmer and Mr. Estes at least once a year. I try and take the kids too but (daughters) Skylar and Savannah are usually in preschool now and (son) JJ will be starting soon also."

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